Posted by AidanAK47 on 14 March 2017 with categories: Seasonal Previews

It always amazes me how fast this things come up. Doesn’t feel like all that long ago I was writing up a preview for the winter season. Time forever remains my eternal enemy as I never seem to have enough of it. It certainly would be great to have a hyperbolic time chamber or borrow Homura’s shield so I can get through my Steam backlog. Sure I may age prematurely three or four years but I can’t say it wouldn’t be worth it.

The winter season looking back was quite great, possible the best I have seen in a long time. So naturally the Spring Season is looking inferior in comparison. I admit I don’t have much here I am really passionate about. There is potential in a couple of shows here and a few sequels I say people are looking forward to. One of those sequels not being Berserk’s next season because I am certain Berserk fans are already crying tears of blood and rage at the further bastardization of the franchise. Of course we won’t really know what we got till we get it but let’s see if I make deciding what to watch a little easier for you.

As usual I have looked up every source I can find, be it Manga, Light novel or Game and checked the staff for each show to get a better idea for what we are in for. The poll below will be used to see what you most want to see blogged with the top spot pretty much guaranteed to be covered.

Which anime would you like covered for the Spring anime season?

Once again thanks to Mario for gathering the images, writing with a few previews and helping with the layout. You save me quite a lot of tedium. Thanks to Helghast as well as acting as editor for this piece.

 

The sequels/prequels I don’t care about

BERSERK 2

Boku no Hero Academia 2

Kyoukai no RINNE 3

Idol Time PriPara

Natsume Yuujinchou Roku

Saenai Heroine no Sodatekata 2

Star Mu 2

Shingeki no Bahamut: VIRGIN SOUL

Yu☆Gi☆Oh! VRAINS

Warau Salesman NEW

 

Series I don’t look forward to

CLOCKWORK PLANET


Studio: Xebec

Director: Tsuyoshi Nagasawa

Script/Series composer: Kenji Sugihara

Source: Light Novel

Naoto’s a high school dropout and brilliant amateur tinkerer. He lives in a world that has been so over-exploited that the entire surface has become one vast machine. When a box crashes into his home containing a female automaton, it’s a harbinger of change that will rock the entire globe, and give Naoto his chance to be a hero.

 

This is one of the things I dislike about Light novels. They can have excellent ideas which are ultimately hampered because the writer just doesn’t have the talent or is pushed to make them into a typical light novel formula. In this case I find the world and basic premise to be quite interesting. Namely a planet filled with clockwork gears which no one understands how it functions anymore and the protagonists acting as terrorists fighting against a corrupt society. But it just has a lot of the tropes that hamper a lot of light novel adaptions like harems, fanservice, shoved in school settings…first arc may have some thinking it’s different but it falls in line with typical fair after that. As far as the old bargain bin light novel adaptions goes, this is one of the better ones. Though with Xebec at the helm the fanservice is likely going to get a boost. It’s bad enough that the main lead female character’s name is Rueez Yourslave. Yes, Your Slave. You stay classy Japan. Animation in the trailer looks a bit cheap as well so I say keep your expectations low and you might enjoy this.

Dungeon ni Deai o Motomeru no wa Machigatteiru Darou ka Gaiden: Sword Oratoria


Studio: J.C.Staff

Director: Youhei Suzuki

Script/Series composer: Hideki Shirane

Source: Light Novel

Sword princess Aiz Wallenstein. Today, once again, the strongest female swordsman heads to the giant labyrinth known as the “Dungeon” along with her allies. On the 50th floor where mysteries and threats such as a decayed dragon’s corpse that crumbles to ash and an irregularity that creeps ever closer to the party loom, Aiz calls for the wind and heads deeper into the darkness of the Dungeon. Eventually, she finds herself meeting a boy for the first time. “Um, are you OK?” In the Labyrinth City of Orario, the contrasting stories of the boy and the girl intersect!

 

Sigh…you know we give Sword Art Online so much hate for this but maybe part of the blame lies in the fans having more pocket change than us. Because someone is buying blu-rays of this crap, otherwise it wouldn’t keep getting made. Anyway this series is to the main series what A certain Scientific Railgun is to the Certain Magical index series. A spinoff which seems to focus on one of the protags haremettes and the adventures they had outside of his sight. In fact it does bare a number of similarities to Railgun, even down to the overbearing lesbian. I don’t have any real investment in this series so my perception of this story is already coloured but I really don’t find these character interesting. The main Heroine is just dull and one dimensional with her teammates being annoyingly chipper. We got fanservice and fighting but all and all it feels rather dull. If anything it seems we have moved from Harem with done to death LN story to Cute girls doing cute things with done to death LN story. If you are a fan of the original series then you are bound to enjoy this but otherwise I don’t think it will convert newcomers.

 

eromanga sensei


Studio: A-1 Pictures

Director: Ryouhei Takeshita

Script/Series composer: Tatsuya Takahashi

Source: Light Novel

The “new sibling romantic comedy” revolves around Masamune Izumi, a light novel author in high school. Masamune’s little sister is Sagiri, a shut-in girl who hasn’t left her room for an entire year. She even forces her brother to make and bring her meals when she stomps the floor. Masamune wants his sister to leave her room, because the two of them are each other’s only family.

Masamune’s novel illustrator, pen name “Eromanga,” draws extremely perverted drawings, and is very reliable. Masamune had never met his illustrator, and figured he was just a disgusting, perverted otaku. However, the truth is revealed… that his “Eromanga-sensei” is his own younger sister! To add to the chaos that erupts between the siblings, a beautiful, female, best-selling shoujo manga creator becomes their rival!

 

Oh no. Not this guy again. Well ladies and gents, let us welcome back the writer of Oreimo aka, my little Sister can’t be this cute, AKA the cancer that spawned the incest fad that made it that we couldn’t have a single season without a show about brothers and sisters wanting to bone. Well this story is essentially Oreimo again with extra lolitas. Really that is this to the core, don‘t expect any real insight into light novel creation because anything related to that is superficial at best. We have an estranged brother and sister who happen to reconnect when the brother discovers his sister’s secret hobby. This time the author made sure to make them non-blood related because that’s…important…I guess. The story has a high level of contrivance, namely the brother is a published light novel author who can write several novels in a week(As someone who writes regularly and someone who has wrote a novel, LIKE HELL THAT’S POSSIBLE) whose sister just so happens to be his light novel illustrator and the brothers rival writer coincidentally moves in next door and also happens to be a little girl. The little sister is better than Kirino from what I have seen but is still a self entitled brat who wants to play doctor with her brother, brother is a bland self insert and it looks like a harem is gathering around. If you liked Oreimo perhaps this will appeal to you but I just hope it doesn’t bring a second coming of that damn incest fad.

 

FRAME ARMS GIRL


Studio: Zexcs

Director: Keiichirou Kawaguchi

Script/Series composer: Hitomi Mieno

Source: Other (Model Kit Line)

The anime’s story begins when Ao opens a package that arrives at her doorstep. Inside the package is Gourai, a Frame Arms Girl: a small robot capable of independent movement. Gourai is a newly-developed prototype: a Frame Arms Girl equipped with an “Artificial Self,” an advanced AI that gives her a personality. Ao is the only one that has activated her. Gourai begins to gather both battle data and emotions, starting a day-to-day life with Ao, who knows nothing about Frame Arms Girls.

 

Only source I had to go on was a manga which seems to be acting as a prequel story and if that is representative of the main product then this sounds like it’s chasing the popularity of Kantai collection. Cute girls being cute mix with some action. The premise overall just sounds like Angelic Layer The director’s previous efforts are pretty lackluster with one of his most recent works being the Phantasy Star Online 2 anime. Series composer is working on two shows this season with Fukumenkei Noise being the other one. We got both good and bad with her as she did work on Flying Witch but also worked on Hatsukoi Monster. Based on the staff and source I would guess this series is going to be less focused on action and more on the various Frame Arms girls interacting with each other. More slice of life hijinks than robot fighting girl action.

 

Fukumenkei Noise


Studio: Brains Base

Director: Hideya Takahashi

Script/Series composer: Hitomi Mieno

Source: Manga

Nino, a girl who likes to sing, experienced two farewells in the past. First, with her first love, Momo, and second, with Yuzu, a boy who composes music. But upon those two farewells, she made a promise with each of them: to continue singing until they find her voice again. Time has passed, and now these three are in high school…?!

 

This is another one of those show I can’t really judge due to my own personal bias. It’s the type of shoujo story that I just lose all interest in immediately. The main character has that annoying shoujo heroine mindset of being socially awkward but somehow endearing to the male cast who consist of guys with possessive issues. Music may be featured but like Nana, it’s hardly the focus. Romance is more at the forefront here and I just didn’t find it that interesting. Again, this is exactly the type of show that goes against my personal tastes so take this opinion with a grain of salt.

 

GRANBLUE FANTASY The Animation


Studio: A-1 Pictures

Director: Ayako Kurata

Script/Series composer: Unknown

Source: Game

 

Video game developer Cygames announced during the Tokyo Game Show event on Thursday that its Granblue Fantasy smartphone game will receive an anime adaptation.

 

Seeing as I wrote a preview on this last season only to have it delayed to this season, I will paste it again here. I have seen this title pop up in a number of places and from the looks of things it’s a smartphone game with bejeweled gameplay combined with Kantai Collection. As a veteran gamer I have a certain deprecating attitude towards mobile gaming. There are certainly exceptions but the majority of mobile games tend to be time wasters and nothing more. A lot of it is geared towards skinner box tactics to push for microtransactions and I doubt that this title is any different. In general while video game adaptations fair better than card game adaptations, it still is a rarity to find a worthwhile title. Games with not much of a story and a large cast of characters really also don’t translate well to anime seeing as they need to pay service to fans while forming a coherent story.

 

Gin no Guardian


Studio: Emon

Director: Ken Andou

Script/Series composer: Yuuji Hosono

Source: Web Comic

Sui Gin may be poor, but he is one of the best online video game players. This identity however, is unknown to all except for RikuLei, Sui Gin’s classmate. She delivers a mysterious mobile device to Sui Gin but before being able to explain herself, RikuLei is kidnapped and Sui Gin unwittingly finds himself wrapped up in series of problematic circumstances. Searching for a way to save her, he accidentally activates the device allowing him to dive into a new Virtual game-world.

 

Our Chinese animation studio friends who made Spritpact, Hitori no Shita and Bloodvories are back. By all means keep trying guys but forgive me for having low expectations. Staff is pretty much newbies with the writers only previous work being an anime called Kiddy Grade and a magical girl show that I remembered watching called Uta Kana. I believe Uta was one of those pre-madoka magical girl anime that tried to pull a dark twist. Though it wasn’t all that interesting. I can’t help but sigh a bit when reading that description as the inspiration seems rather obvious but seeing as I couldn’t find a translation of the web comic I am afraid I can’t give much insight into the title. Perhaps it could surprise and I certainly would like for this studio to succeed but odds are this isn’t going to be the one to take them out of the shadows.

 

Hinako Note


Studio: Passione

Director: Tooru Kitahata & Takeo Takahashi

Script/Series composer: Tatsuhiko Urahata

Source: 4-Koma Manga

Hinako is poor at speaking and lives in a rural part of Japan. She wants to improve her speech to be able to talk to people freely, so in high school, she transfers schools to Tokyo and plans to join a theater club. When she arrives, it turns out her boarding house is a secondhand bookstore, and a girl who eats books lives there.

Hinako is a shy little girl whom animals are instinctively drawn to. Because of this, Hinako works as a scarecrow to keep said animals away from the crops in her neighbors fields. Thus the tale of the scarecrow girl begins!

 

Mario: Essentially a cute girls doing cute thing show, this time the cute girl… well, doesn’t talk very well so expect her to be babblingggg all the times. One thing I did notice while looking at the trailers of those kinds of cute girls shows is their worlds are devoid of any male characters, like the entire male race doesn’t exist at all (we males constitute 50% of the world population just so you know). More hijinks of stereotype girls of course and so far based on the trailers all the casts are as loud as annoying as you would expect. On the positive notes though, the art and animation looks a lot neater than I expected and the director has some serious good anime in his resume (Maoyuu Maou Yuusha (okay, not that good), Spice and Wolf both seasons, Rokka no Yuusha); although most of them are fantasy fares so I wonder how he able to deal with this one. Passione doesn’t have much works in its resume, only previous done Rokka, Haitai Nanafa and Rail Wars which were mild but weren’t terrible either. Although looking that it’s adapted from a 4-koma manga I have my doubts that it might turn out to be a short series one.

 

KABUKIBU!


Studio: Studio Deen

Director: Kazuhiro Yoneda

Script/Series composer: Yoshiko Nakamura

Source: Light Novel

The series revolves around Kurogo Kurusu, a high school student who loves kabuki so much that it’s annoying. Kurogo yearns to perform kabuki as part of a club at his school, but currently his school doesn’t have a kabuki club. So Kurogo sets out to create a kabuki club, and his first order of business is to gather members.

 

Couldn’t get any translation of the source material for this one but it does seem to be the normal pattern of Studio Deen making a more female orientated show after going all out for something. In this case they just went all in for Rakugo and Konosuba so a regular Otome show is pretty much here to recoup some cash. I could be wrong and maybe this is a different kind of show than I think, however the trailer and promotional material say otherwise. Director only directed two other shows before this, those being Akatsuki no Yona and Mahou Shoujo Nante Mouiidesukara. The series composer seems to reinforce my belief that this something for Deen to make some safe cash on as she has Super Lovers and Shounen maid as previous work. Though she also worked on Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun. I don’t have much hope for this one, the art of Kabuki is interesting but the all male lineup makes me think that learning about Kabuki will be secondary in this case.

 

Kekkai Sensen & BEYOND


Studio: Studio Bones

Director: Shigehito Takayanagi

Script/Series composer: Yasuko Kamo

Source: Manga

Second season of Kekkai Sensen.

 

I can’t say I cared too much about Kekkai Sensen(Or Blood Blockade Battlefront) season 1. My general feelings were that it was visually interesting but the story felt inconsequential and inconclusive. Perhaps it was the episodic narrative that turned me off it. I don’t deny that the characters and the setting are interesting. There were moments in the first season I found entertaining such as the chess match. I know those who enjoyed the first season are bound to be watching this one and reading the manga wouldn’t really give an accurate measure of what this show is like as the show has pretty much gone anime original. So this isn’t my kind of show but if it’s yours then by all means watch away.

 

Shuumatsu Nani Shitemasu ka? Isogashii desu ka? Sukutte Moratte Ii desu ka?


Studio: Satelight

Director: Junichi Wada

Script/Series composer: Akira Kareno

Source: Light Novel

Five hundred years have passed since the humans went extinct at the hands of the fearsome and mysterious ‘Beasts’. The surviving races now make their homes up on floating islands in the sky, out of reach of all but the most mobile of Beasts.

Only a small group of young girls, the Leprechauns, can wield the ancient weapons needed to fend off invasions from these creatures. Into the girls’ unstable and fleeting lives, where a call to certain death could come at any moment, enters an unlikely character: a young man who lost everything in his final battle five hundred years ago, the last living human awakened from a long, icy slumber.

Unable to fight any longer, Willem becomes the father that the girls never had, caring for and nurturing them even as he struggles to come to terms with his new life, in which he feels the pain of helplessly waiting for his loved ones to return home from battle that his ‘Daughter’ once felt for him so long ago. Together, Willem and the girls gradually come to understand what family means and what is truly worth protecting.

 

That synopsis certainly sounds exciting doesn’t it? End of the world, child soldiers, an aged veteran…so why oh why is it so dreadfully boring? I read a translation of the light novel for this one and I found myself skimming text before long because my interest had petered out. Watch in excitement as our protagonist goes around and talks with people. So much effort is put into world building that I wouldn’t be surprised if half the book what just exposition text about the world. But it all means nothing as the story just focuses on the daily lives of this guy and these child soldiers. I was shocked upon finishing the first novel to find that pretty much nothing happened. No villains, no real drama, nothing. I understand that not every story needs drastic end of the world stakes to be enjoyable but I would at least like something of worth. Man goes to orphanage to look after kids, end of first novel. The pacing of this story has me thinking that it will take several episodes before people end knowing what this show is actually about. Again I started skimming so perhaps I bypassed the point where it gets interesting, perhaps an anime adaption can tied it all together with good atmosphere and storytelling. Though this Staff is completely inexperienced. The director only worked on that Nagoto spinoff of Haruhi and the series composer seems to be the light novel author himself and he has no previous experience with series compostion. I say this will end up dropping off people’s radar fast.

 

Tomica Hyper Rescue Drive Head Kidou Kyuukyuu Keisatsu


Studio: Oriental Light and Magic

Director: Takao Kato

Script/Series composer: Kenichi Araki

Source: Original

The story is set in “the future, just a little after the present day…. To respond to disasters beyond human comprehension and the increasing complexity of crime and mishaps, the mobile emergency police Hyper Rescue (an organization newly formed by the government primarily for life-saving) developed ‘Drive Heads’ that are specialized with police, fire-fighting, and rescue capabilities.

‘Drive Heads’ are special vehicles that change from car forms to humanoid walker vehicles. The grade schooler Gou Kurumada and other children found to be suitable become drivers and join forces with the mobile emergency police and other adults. Even now, they race to the scene to protect the peace and security of all humanity. Go Rescue!

 

Mario: Okay, this is a kid show (which I actually don’t mind), but they have a plot of mecha robot fighting for the sake of humanity on top of that, so consider any interest of mine for this show had vanished. Imagine this show is your typical Power Ranger style anime, those kids will fight off evils, drive super-cool cars that can transform into humanoid vehicles and (if we are lucky) go to school and enjoy everyday life like any ordinary kids. This company’s main outputs consist of dominantly children shows so this is expected from them, and while most of other times they work as an outsource company for other big studio’s projects, they did have some family-friendly successes under their belts (12-sai – which I actually have a fond memories of it; the movie Rudolph the Black Cat which surprisingly earned a Best Animation nomination at the annual Japan Academy Prize – along with the other giants Your Name, A Silent Voice and In this Corner of the World (which won) so I say we have a bit of hope here; but even then at best they could pull some entertaining episodes before getting drowned into the big sea of anime offerings.

 

Love Kome: WE LOVE RICE


Studio: Encourage Films

Director: Takashi Horiuchi

Script/Series composer: Yuuki Takabayashi

Source: Original

The project anthropomorphizes rice (kome in Japanese) into schoolboys. At the Kokuritsu Inaho Academy (“Rice Ear Academy,” a wordplay on national schools), five new rice-inspired students attempt to supplant bread as the popular grain at the school. The new students form the “Love Rice” unit and challenge themselves to perform at the “Harvest Show” to show the delicious appeal of rice grains. The “heartwarming ‘kome’dy with laughs and passion” promises to let audiences rediscover the virtues of rice (“Japan’s soul food”).

 

Anthropomorphize…rice. Rice. Anthropomorphize little white seeds into schoolboys. Just….how? To anthropomorphize generally means to ascribe human features to something but in this case you have ascribed so much that they have no connection whatsoever to their previous form. In this case they are just boys named after rice. What makes matters worse is that Harvest Show mentioned in the synopsis which suggests they might be trying to be idols too. If so consider any grain of remote interest I had in this series dead. Staff is all complete inexperienced and nothing the studio made is worth much of a damn.

 

Oushitsu Kyoushi Haine


Studio: Bridge

Director: Katsuya Kikuchi

Script/Series composer: Kimiko Ueno

Source: Manga

Accepting the post of Royal Tutor at the court of the king of Grannzreich, Heine Wittgenstein is a little professor with a big job ahead! Each of the kingdom’s four princes has a rather distinct personality. Does their diminutive new instructor have what it takes to lay down some learning? It’s a comedy of educational proportions!

 

The little boy and the creepy ass shotacon princes might be a better title. Well the lead makes a point to say he’s a full grown adult that just so happens to look like a little boy to justify the whole underage thing. Admittedly not my cup of tea as I am clearly not the demographic they are aiming for. However I do find it irritating to see the same otome stereotypes yet again with little difference. Harem anime is guilty of this too but I feel like there’s even less of an effort here. I have seen all these guys before, the smart glasses guy, the misunderstood loner, the egotistical jackass, the aloof childish one…these are the same characters with different names. But hows the comedy you say, well anime comedy generally misses with me but I get this feeling the jokes in this were not funny in the first place. Much like those boy idol shows you see every season I doubt this will be remembered when the season is over.

 

Quan Zhi Gao Shou


Studio: G.CMay Animation & Film

Director: Unknown

Script/Series composer: Unknown

Source: Light Novel

In the multiplayer online game Glory, Ye Xiu is regarded as a textbook and a top-tier pro-player. However, due to a myriad of reasons, he is kicked from the team. After leaving the pro scene, he finds work in an Internet Cafe as a manager. When Glory launches its tenth server, he throws himself into the game once more. Possessing ten years of experience, the memories of his past, and an incomplete, self-made weapon, his return along the road to the summit begins!

 

Another anime from China is seems and this one looks to have more potential than the other Chinese production this season. Though reading the manga adaption of the work has me less than impressed with the source material. This story is basically like watching a lets play of a an MMO from a top level player. There’s no real stakes or much of a goal other than this guy getting stronger in an MMO. The characters don’t have much depth and I found them uninteresting. The plot just feels really self indulgent with it’s main character being a pro player coming back to teach all these newbies how it’s done. The entire world seems to revolve around this RPG and our protagonist just can never do no wrong. It’s very much a Isekai story like Overlord or the other half a dozen examples of the genre. If you are into this kind of story I suppose it could be rather watchable if the animation is good. But otherwise I deem this a forgettable work.

 

Rokudenashi Majutsu Koushi to Kinki Kyouten


Studio: LIDENFILMS

Director: Minato Kazuto

Script/Series composer: Touko Machida

Source: Light Novel

Sistina attends a magical academy to hone her skills in the magical arts, hoping to solve the mystery of the enigmatic Sky Castle. After the retirement of her favorite teacher, the replacement, Glen, turns out to be a tardy, lazy, and seemingly incompetent bastard of an instructor. How is it that Glen was hand-picked by the best magician in the academy?!

 

It’s a light novel story. Alright it’s slightly different in that the main character is a teacher but it follows a fairly similar formula. He’s immensely overpowered, has girls flocking to him, villains are all one dimensional assholes…The setting and names are different but we have been through all this before. This is essentially the asterix war or failed knight of this season. Alongside Clockwork Planet.

 

Sin: Nanatsu no Taizai


Studio: Artland

Director: Kinji Yoshimoto

Script/Series composer: Kinji Yoshimoto

Source: Other (Multimedia Project)

You, will you be a worshipper of the devil lords? These beautiful lords lead humans to the seven deadly sins: pride, envy, wrath, sloth, greed, gluttony, and lust. A revealing fantasy that craves to corruption and happiness starts now.

 

The seven deadly sins motif truly has been overused at this point. It was cool when fullmetal alchemist did it but recently I find it popping up far too often. From the Shounen show the Seven deadly sins, servamp, Trinity Seven, Re:Zero and many others I can’t quite recall. I am even playing a visual novel and it too has a weapon with a seven deadly sins motif though at least it’s relevant seeing at the story revolves around christian mythology, it’s appropriate. But here we are again with Sloth, Wrath, pride, Lust, Gluttony, Greed and Envy. As it is an original anime I only have the staff and promo to go on and it really doesn’t look good from that. For one the director is also acting as writer and his previous work gives a pretty good idea of what we are getting. This appears to be his first time with series composition but his director work includes Machine-Doll wa Kizutsukanai, Queen’s Blade, a hentai called Front Innocent and a couple of other shows that seem pretty fanservice focused. Seeing as this is a show representing the seven deadly sins as girls in skintight fabric something tells me this isn’t going to be an introspective dive into the nature of sin. This seems to be a show for those who like a healthy dose of fanservice in their anime. Otherwise I say give it a pass.

 

Tsugumomo


Studio: Zero-G

Director: Ryouichi Kuraya

Script/Series composer: Ryouichi Kuraya

Source: Manga

Kazuya Kagami’s most treasured possession in the world is the obi left to him by his late mother. The scent of cherry-blossoms infused into it helps him through his day – but he never expected it to save his life, becoming a beautiful kimono-clad girl who calls herself an “artifact spirit.” Her name is Kiriha, tsukumogami of the sash, who naturally moves in with him, as he is her “owner.” Throw in Chisato, his bespectacled friend, an overprotective older sister who wants to take baths with him, a busty priestess, a seductive sorceress named Kokuyoura, and Kazuya’s life has just gotten a lot more…interesting.

 

Here is something I never quite expected would get an anime adaption. Why is that you ask? Is it some obscure gem ignored by the anime industry by now? Oh god no. Tsugumomo is more or less a pretty standard shounen battle manga though it does deal with the interesting topic of tsukumogami that reside in objects. There is one big difference though between something like this and something like My Hero Academia and that is the fanservice in this thing is off the charts. I am talking borderline porn here. It starts out somewhat tame but it just escalates as the series continues. Made all the more uncomfortable by the fact that the main heroine is a loli and she gets the bulk of the fanservice. It’s possible that the studio plans to tone down the fanservice in the series and turn it into a typical shounen though I am not sure if the end result would be all that interesting. Perhaps if it is well animated enough that could make it visually impressive as the fight scenes do get creative and dynamic. However considering the trailer’s level of animation as well as the animation studio I doubt it could reach that level of quality.

 

Twin Angel BREAK


Studio: JC Staff

Director: Yoshiaki Iwasaki

Script/Series composer: Michiko Itou

Source: Manga

In the story, two third-year middle school girls fight evil as Twin Angels under orders from a hedgehog named Miruku-chan. The girls disagree, but as they work together, little by little they become friendlier with each other.

 

That synopsis seems to give the general idea pretty well. Looks like we have here a traditional magical girl anime. Director pretty much has nothing great to his name and a lot of what he worked on is bad. Series composer doesn’t look much better with Day Break Illusion, Wizard barristers and Ookamisan and the seven companions. Honestly this looks like it will be something to skip.

 

Series I am middling on

 

BORUTO: NARUTO NEXT GENERATIONS


Studio: Studio Pierrot

Director: Noriyuki Abe & Hiroyuki Yamashita

Script/Series composer: Makoto Uezu

Source: Manga

Naruto was a young shinobi with an incorrigible knack for mischief. He achieved his dream to become the greatest ninja in the village and his face sits atop the Hokage monument. But this is not his story… A new generation of ninja are ready to take the stage, led by Naruto’s own son, Boruto!

 

You know I thought when you ended as series, that was supposed to be the last of it. But with something as popular as Naruto it’s really no surprise that they want to milk it further. Shonen Jump has lost two of the shounen big three and it seems that no one has taken their places as of yet. Many have tried of course but none can quite live up to what was the peak of these series. Still I don’t think the solution is just to continue past the ending. Naruto has long run out of steam, I even dare say the show should have ended before Shippuden started. It had merit in the beginning but a time comes when a show must end. But seeing as that isn’t happening, what is this show like? Well from the little I read of the manga it’s so far alright. Naruto fans should get a kick out of seeing old favorites now all grown up but I do think the series depends a little too heavily on the past series. The new characters can’t help but feel a little too much like bootleg versions of the originals though they seem to be trying to differentiate them. For example Boruto doesn’t want to become Hokage, in fact he hates the idea because Naruto is so busy being one to spend time with his family. If it follows the manga I think Naruto fans might get a kick out of this but with Studio Perriot at the helm I fear the animation is going to be lacking and they may try to shove in filler in an attempt to turn its current 10 chapters into some long running series. Much like they tried with Twin Star Exorcists. So if you are a Naruto fan this could be an enjoyable show, otherwise I say skip it.

 

Busou Shoujo Machiavellianism


Studio: Silver Link

Director: Hideki Tachibana

Script/Series composer: Kento Shimoyama

Source: Manga

The “battle action” story follows Fudou Nomura, who transfers to a school where girls carry weapons to rule mercilessly over the boys. Shortly after transferring he becomes a target of Rin Onigawara, a member of the the Five Ruling Swords that commands the school. In order break free he must defeat the Five Ruling Swords.

 

When reading this series I get serious flashbacks to Kill La Kill. It has the same over the top action in a school setting which is beyond ridiculous. The student council is naturally the elite fighters that our protagonist has to face down. There is a harem element as well as fanservice but it’s mainly over the top ridiculous action. Director worked on Dragon Crisis, Higurashi Kira and Blazblue previously so that doesn’t bode well. Only thing of note I can find in his previous work is the OVA adaption of Alice in Borderland(That manga series deserves a full anime adaption. It’s so very good.) Series composer is currently working on Masamune-kun no Revenge this season and out of their previous work the best I can pick out is Binbougami ga and Servant x Service. The thing that would really determine if this show is a success or not is the animation and presentation. The story requires a certain tone in order to work and if these guys mess it out it could end up being a fairly awkward watch. Considering this director things don’t look good on that front.

 

Alice to Zouroku


Studio: J.C.Staff

Director: Katsushi Sakurabi

Script/Series composer: Fumihiko Takayama

Source: Manga

The story centers on a little girl called Sana, who is one of the children that holds the power of “Alice’s Dream,” an ability that enables her to materialize anything she imagines. After escaping a lab where she was a test subject, Sana ends up in a normal world where she encounters an old man named Zouroku, but will he help her?

 

Can’t get my hands on any english translated manga so I will have to go off the staff for this one. What little I found of the manga gave the impression this would be more of a slapstick comedy despite how the synopsis sounds. Directors directed a number of single episodes but his main director roles are not very impressive. The best of his work is flying Witch but I have a little bit of grudge as this was the guy who directed the Tsukihime anime which everyone wishes didn’t exist. Series composter only has three other shows where she was the main composer, those being Aoi Hana, Yomigaeru Sora Rescue WIngs and Gunparade March. None of these were particularly great seeing as you have likely never heard of them. This one depends on the strength of it’s source material though it looks to me like the kind of show that doesn’t make full use of it’s premise.

 

ID-0


Studio: Sanzigen

Director: Gorou Taniguchi

Script/Series composer: Yousuke Kuroda

Source: Original

I-Machines are the general term for robots that operate in extreme environments. While Alliance Academy student Maya Mikuri is in the middle of operating an I-Machine, she gets involved in an incident with pirates, and ends up serving as a crew member on an excavation company’s spaceship.

 

This is Sanzigen who previously worked on Bubuki Buranki so despite how it looks, this is a CGI animated anime. Despite it’s flaws, I enjoyed both seasons of Bubuki Buranki so I am rather curious as to what this studio is doing next. The trailer doesn’t give me much hope as it was mainly cute girls and a underwear shot. Staff looks a little more promising as the director worked on Maria the Virgin Witch, Code Geass, Planetes, and Infinite Ryvius. Though his last work Active Raid was a bit of a dud. Series composer is a bigger mixed bag with some great(Hellsing Ultimate, Phantom, Trigun) and some terrible(Maken-Ki, Jungle de Ikou). His recent efforts have been quite bad(Valkyrie Drive Mermaid, Matoi the Sacred Slayer) I don’t know what we might get out of this guy but one thing I can say is that these two are anime industry veterans who have been doing this for quite a while. Provided Kuroda can write a decent script, this thing is in good hands. Though one thing I can say for certain is that the end result is bound to have fanservice.

 

Renai Boukun


Studio: EMT Squared

Director: Atsushi Nigorikawa

Script/Series composer: Natsuko Takahashi

Source: Manga

A Kiss Note is a powerful notebook that makes anyone who has their name written together will instantly fall in love if they kiss each other regardless of any circumstances. This magical and very familiar item belongs to an angel named Guri whose job as cupid is to create couples. However, she accidentally writes down Aino Seiji, a regular high school student, and unless he kisses someone, Guri will die. She convinces Seiji to go kiss his crush, Hiyama Akane, the school’s popular girl who turns out has even stronger feelings for him, bordering on obsessive and psychotic. Eventually Akane and Seiji come together but not before Guri decides that she likes Seiji as well. What seems awesome to most guys becomes hell for Seiji who just wants a normal relationship with girls.

 

This one reminds me a lot of To-Love Ru when it started out. When it was more space hijinks instead of all out fanservice. Though this has significantly less fanservice. A more apt comparison would be a Rumiko Takahashi work like a Ranma 1/2 or Urusei Yatsura. Theres plenty of hijinks but romantic development is at a standstill throughout. Comedy is more the main focus so if you liked Jitsu wa Watashi wa then this might be to your taste. This looks to be the studio’s first TV anime as all their other previous works were 10 minute series including Amero Cocoa and Fudanshi Koukou Seikatsu. Director doesn’t have much to his name as this seems to be the second show he’s directed besides two seasons of Anitore. Series composer worked on Ore Monogatari and Udon no Kuni no Kiniro Kemari though she also worked on Divine gate and Norn9 which were pretty bad. I am lukewarm on the series overall but I think some might get a kick out of it if you don’t mind watching a regular harem every now and then. One unrelated thing I would like to mention is that it’s always weird when reading a manga you assume a character’s hair colour in your mind only to find it completely different in the anime. Here I always seen the yandere girl and lead as blond only to find they are a redhead and bluehead.(Is there a term for someone with blue hair?) Same thing happened with the maid girl in Masamune, always seen her as a redhead only for her to be blond in the anime. Always throws me off.

 

SAGRADA RESET


Studio: David Production

Director: Shinya Kawatsura

Script/Series composer: Katsuhiko Takayama

Source: Light Novel

Nearly half the population of Sakurada, a small town near the Pacific Ocean, has some sort of unique power. These powers range from being able to enter the mind of a cat, to resetting the world back to a certain point in time in the past. There is a group known as the “Kanrikyoku” that controls and monitors the use of these powers. Asai Kei and Haruki Misora work for their school’s club called “Houshi” club, which execute any missions received from the Kanrikyoku. Misora has the ability to reset the world 3 days. This means that all events and any memory of the past 3 days that “could have” happened, never happened. Kei has the ability to “remember” the past. Even after Misora uses her powers to reset the world back 3 days, Kei will retain those 3 days in his memory. Combining their powers, these two solve missions issued by the Kanrikyoku.

 

I wasn’t able to find a translation of the light novel so my impression of this is going to have to be on the staff. The concept seems interesting but I really hate that they just had to shove a school setting in there. Characters could have been adults working for Kanrikyoku but nope, instead they are a school club that receives orders from them. Got to crowbar that school setting in somewhere huh? Best thing the director worked on was Kokoro Connect. Series composer is more worrisome as while he has ef and Ga-Rei-Zero, the majority of his work is pretty terrible. Ange Vierge, Big Order, Aldnoah Zero and (I kid you not) Boku no pico. This one will have to depend on the strength of the source material and my biggest worry would be it wasting it’s premise for a more slice of life style story.

 

SAKURA QUEST


Studio: PA Works

Director: Souichi Matsui

Script/Series composer: Masahiro Yokotani

Source: Original

The story centers on five girls who work in the tourism bureau of their small provincial town. The town revives its “micro-nation” tourism program, which originated from a nationwide movement during Japan’s bubble economy period, and hires the five girls as “monarchs” (tourism ambassadors). The anime will depict one year in their jobs in the tourism industry, and show how they change and grow.

 

Cute girls being tourist agents. PA Works has always used their anime as a kind of tourism ad in the first place by basing them in real locations so I guess it’s logical that they make a tourism anime. I am at least glad that it seems unrelated to the trash Sakura games that reside on Steam. Director hasn’t worked on much besides Shin Chan and Scrapped princess. Series composer worked on Shimoneta, Re:Zero and Hataraku Maou-sama. Overall this seems like a typical PA Works show for better or worse. It’s not written by Okada but the trailer seems to have the same sort of slice of life easy going comedy happening. My guess is this will be fairly watchable but not really all that memorable.

 

Tsuki ga Kirei


Studio: feel.

Director: Seiji Kishi

Script/Series composer: Yuuko Kakihara

Source: Original

The series focuses on characters Akane Mizuno and Kotarou Azumi, two third-year middle school students who become classmates for the first time. The series will depict each characters’ growth and connection to the people around them, such as classmates, club-mates, teachers, and parents. The anime will also center on the youthful adolescent romance of the characters, who are hounded by change and uncertainty as the seasons inevitably pass. The other characters depicted in the above image are named Chinatsu Nishio and Takumi Hira.

 

The synopsis sounds like a school slice of life though the idea of time progression is a fascinating one. Most school slice of life stay in the same place with little change but being able to see a person change as they go through school life might breathe some fresh air into this concept. The director I dislike for his video game adaptions but he did work on Humanity has declined and Angel Beats(I didn’t like Angel beats but I know a lot of people did) Series composer’s previous work includes Orange, Chihayafuru season 2 and Sakamichi no Apollon so she’s certainly qualified with the subject matter of this story. Though she does have some stinkers in her resume, though source material may be the main culprit in these cases. Studio’s previous work seems to be a mostly bad with Snafu’s second season being the best anime standout. Overall I am mildly intrigued though how good this series turns out depends on how well the characters develop as time passes.

 

Zero kara Hajimeru Mahou no Sho


Studio: White Fox

Director: Tetsuo Hirakawa

Script/Series composer: Unknown

Source: Light Novel

The “grimoire fantasy” series follows a witch named Zero who is ignorant of the world and a half-beast half-human mercenary who longs to be human. Witches who practice sorcery exist in the world, however, in this era no one knows how about the art and study of witchcraft. Zero is going on a journey to search for a magical tome called “The Book of Zero” that hides a power that can destroy the world. The mercenary travels with her as her guard.

 

The good news about this one is that it doesn’t follow conventional Light novel formula. The bad news is I really don’t know what to think of it. It bases a lot of it’s story on the witch hunts of the medieval ages and the protagonist is interesting in how he’s been cursed to look like a bear. The comedy really falls flat but it at least puts some effort into it’s world building. Story pacing is fairly slow and I just find it hard to get invested in. This is the director’s first TV series though he has done bit work for a number of other shows. My guess is that they are taking on the original creator to act as script writer or supervisor as no series composer has been listed. Really is is a story I think I will be able to make my mind up on when I see it in motion. I don’t expect to suddenly love it but it may be something to catch some people’s interest.

 

Shingeki no Kyojin 2


Studio: Wit Studio

Director: Tetsurou Araki & Masashi Koizuka

Script/Series composer: Yasuko Kobayashi

Source: Manga

The second season of Shingeki no Kyojin. Eren Jaeger swore to wipe out every last Titan, but in a battle for his life he wound up becoming the thing he hates most. With his new powers, he fights for humanity’s freedom facing the monsters that threaten his home. After a bittersweet victory against the Female Titan, Eren finds no time to rest? A horde of Titans is approaching Wall Rose and the battle for humanity continues!

 

Certainly one of the most anticipated anime’s of this season due to Attack on Titan’s mainstream popularity but forgive me if I not too excited for this one. We have the same staff that worked on the first season but I have a feeling this season will cause a number of fans to lose interest. It’s possible with the right execution this series could prove to be as good as the first but based purely on the source material I found that Attack on Titan really starts to lose steam at this point. The authors weaknesses in characterisation are made more apparent and plot progression is slow. If you had questions by the end of the first season I would not expect them to be addressed for quite a while. Even then the answers are not as interesting as you might think. If this is a single cour then we will have another second season whose primary interest will be building up to a unconfirmed third season which generally are fairly unsatisfying. I would like to be proven wrong and I certainly could but I think this season might kill the popularity of the series.

 

Series I do look forward to

ATOM: THE BEGINNING


Studio: Production I.G

Director: Katsuyuki Motohiro & Tatsuo Satou

Script/Series composer: Junichi Fujisaku

Source: Manga

Japan in the near future suffers an unexplained major disaster. Five years later, reconstruction is well underway. Two young researchers at a university are pinning all their hopes on robot development. Now their new interpretation of the eternal hero Astro Boy up until his birth is just about to start!

This is a prequel to Astro boy or as he is known in Japan, Mighty Atom. Personally I would have prefered a Pluto adaption if we are doing a Astro Boy prequel but this is pretty entertaining in it’s own right. The story is pretty simple and invokes a more old school, traditional style of storytelling. Considering that it’s a prequel to a manga by Osamu Tezuka, the proclaimed Father of manga, that’s really expected. In that regard a lot of the presentation is on the nose but from what I read of the manga this was a very fun read. In animated form this series could really shine as the action sequences are quite exhilarating. The story mainly follows Tenma, Ochanomizu and what looks to be the prototype that would be later be used to create astro boy. This takes place in their college years before they gained fame for their robotic work. So the story follows these two trying to prove the worth of their robotic programing while the robot becomes more conscious and heroic. It depends on how well the story turns out after the first five chapters but this could turn out to be a very enjoyable anime series.

 

Uchoten Kazoku 2


Studio: PA Works

Director: Masayuki Yoshihara

Script/Series composer: Ryou Higaki

Source: Novel

One day, “The Junior”, estranged son of Professor Akadama, who disappeared after losing a fierce father-son dispute, has returned home after a century, now an English gentleman. The big news spread in and out of the Kyoto area in the blink of an eye and shake up both the Tengu and Tanuki worlds. The paths of Humans, Tanukis and Tengus intertwine in Kyoto as the second volume of the furball picture scroll unravels!

 

Mario: Time for confession, I love Tomohiko Morimi’s writing. He has great flairs for characters writing (his characters are distinctive and warm) and excellent dialogue (this admittedly not for everyone’s taste but mine); and moreover I’m in love with his mundane Kyoto settings that apparent throughout his body of works. In regards to the overall quality, his Tatami Galaxy work is better but I’m more drawn to Uchoten Kazoku’s magical realism settings which to be honest one of my most favorite anime settings ever. But enough fanboying about the series and let’s see what the new season will offer us. While the first season focused on the tanuki community and their election to choose the great tanuki; the second one will focus more on the conflicts between tanuki, tengu and human worlds and I say bring it on. Those clashes between different worlds are always the show’s greatest strengths and if this is any indication it should give more development to Bentel who serve as a unique role that link those worlds together. From the look of the trailer the all of the previous cast will be back again with some new bloods so I expect great things from this coming season.

 

Re:CREATORS


Studio: TROYCA

Director: Ei Aoki

Script/Series composer: Ei Aoki, Rei Hiroe

Source: Original

Humans have created many stories. Joy, sadness, anger, deep emotion. Stories shake our emotions, and fascinate us. However, these are only the thoughts of bystanders. But what if the characters in the story have “intentions”? To them, are we god-like existences for bringing their story into the world? Our world is changed. Mete out punishment upon the realm of the gods. In Re:CREATORS, everyone becomes a Creator.

 

I understand that a synopsis is supposed to catch someone’s attention but any chance we can stop the bragging about how “different” this story is and actually summarize the idea? Only thing I got from this is the characters in this series are somehow self aware of the fourth wall…I guess? Animation studio hasn’t done much besides that show about the girl who had a fetish for human skeletons(Sakurako-san no ashimoto ni wa shitai ga Umatteiru). Director is pretty good having Fate/Zero, Wandering son, Kara no Kyoukai movie 1 and Ga-Rei-Zero on his resume. But here’s where things get interesting. Listed as the original creator and writer is the mangaka who created Black Lagoon. This looks to be his first time writing for an anime so who knows how it will turn out but I am much more interested in this series after seeing that piece of information. Looking at the trailer it looks like a no holds barred anime genre war with Mages fighting mecha, magical girls fighting knights and if that’s the case that could be something worth watching. I am cautious as this will be different from Black Lagoon but if he can bring the action then this could be something.

 

Seikaisuru Kado


Studio: Toei Animation

Director: Kazuya Murata

Script/Series composer: Unknown

Source: Original

Kojirou Shindou. Cabinet Office Director-General for Policy Planning, is at Haneda Airport for a business trip.

While the plane is on the runway, a giant structure suddenly appears out of thin air. The plane carrying Shindou and 251 passengers is taken undamaged inside the giant structure. After everyone disembarks, a man who looks like an ordinary human being shows up. He assures those from the plane that they’re not in any danger. Shindou asks him to identify himself and explain the situation. Then the outside of the structure is displayed on a large screen, and at the same time, every passenger’s cell phone starts ringing all at once. On each cell phone screen is a message from this man, to every one of Japan’s citizens: “I, Yaha-kui zaShunina, hereby notify you that I am going to intervene in Japan’s internal affairs.”

What is this young man’s goal? And will Shindou manage to become an intermediary between Japan and the Anisotorons…?

 

The biggest negative here is that this is a CGI animated show instead of being 2D animation. Now i don’t think that CGI anime should just disappear as there have been examples of pretty great CGI anime but from what I can tell this is their first CGI animated TV series. They have worked on CGI animated movies before with Space Pirate Captain Harlock and Expelled from Paradise. Based on those the CGI would be passable but I worried there would be an immense downgrade in framerate when making a TV series and for CGI that is a quick way to make animation jarring. Other than that though I love this idea and think it has plenty of potential. For one we have no teenagers in sight and the very idea of diplomatic negotiations with an alien is something that has my full attention. The creator has a decent resume with doing partial work on Code Geass, Eureka Seven and Dennou Coil. He also was one of the series compositors for Tokyo Magnitude 8.0 and assisted with the script. He also directed Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet so my overall impression of the guy is that he often was in the background of some fairly great works. Hopefully something rubbed off on him as I really would like this story to turn into something special. From what I have seen of the trailer it does look like quite something.

11 Responses

  1. Konstantinos Travlos says:

    A pity you are not a fan of Shingeki no Bahamut. I really liked the first series. I thought the animation was great and the characters were well made. I will be looking forward to the second series.

    Beyond that, I thing the Anime Gods are making up for the excelelnt last season (I follow at least five shows Gundam:Iron Blooded Orphans, Onihei, My Little Witch Academia, ACCA 13, Youjo Senki. It has been a long time since a season gave me so much fan), by making this upcoming season a bit more boring imho. I will watch Shingeki no Bahamut 2, and will watch Shingeki no Koyjin 2( I like the manga). But beyond that nothing really caught my eye.

    • SuperMario SuperMario says:

      Regarding Shingeki no Bahamut, as I said in the chatbox I dropped it after 3 episodes in its run (mostly due to time-constraint) but I plan to pick it up before the new season begins, though chances that I will cover it is unlikely as if Icover a sequel next season, it’d be Eccentric Family or Blood Blockade Battlefront. Unless Bahamut take a top spot in polls that is, if that’s the case we will work something out then.

  2. donhumberto says:

    Thanks for the preview, it’s always a pleasure reading it. I pretty much agree with your top picks although I’d swap RE-creators for Sakurada Reset (at least based on the pv’s, although that may change once the series are out, obviously). Basically my 2 most anticipated series are Kado (despite the cgi, this looks like it could be a good, serious, mature sci-fi series, and, boy how I miss one of those… we haven’t had a good one since From the new World) and Bahamut S2 (I consider the first season one of the best pure fantasy series of this decade, second only to Garo, and the fact that it’s going to be 2 cour has me more excited).
    Well, all things considered I think 2017 is shaping up to be a pretty strong year anime-wise after all (what with Onihei, Rakugo, Dragon dentist and Acca being absolutely outstanding).

  3. FlFlFanatic says:

    “Huh…why does almost nothing from this season preview look good?”

    *sees Shingeki no Bahamut and Warau Salesman excluded*

    Oh, OK.

    • AidanAK47 AidanAK47 says:

      I didn’t think Bahamut would have so many fans. I found it pretty mediocre myself.

      Plus I get the feeling you didn’t even read the thing if those are the only two that caught your interest.

      • Konstantinos Travlos says:

        I think I can understand why you would think it mediocre. Let me put it this way. The story was not something to write home about. I just think the execution and the characters were very good. I.e it is a case of a dull story told in a good way. My expectation is more of the same for season 2.

        • AidanAK47 AidanAK47 says:

          I argee on that. I do think the characters and animation were well done. But I think it will always be rather mediocre as long as it’s chained to that mobile game. The first season also conculded pretty neatly so this next one is going to have to invent some new troubles for the characters to work through now that their back stories are revealed.

          It could manage to pull out something interesting but I am keeping my expectations low.

  4. Pinco Pallino says:

    You say the winter season was strong? I hated it so much. And spring will be even worse? Oh my god. I’m currently rewatching old series.

  5. Bulletmagnet says:

    Well played, sir.

  6. Jithen says:

    I have to disagree with your observation of ‘Twin Star Exorcist’ mentioned below:
    “If it follows the manga I think Naruto fans might get a kick out of this but with Studio Perriot at the helm I fear the animation is going to be lacking and they may try to shove in filler in an attempt to turn its current 10 chapters into some long running series. Much like they tried with Twin Star Exorcists.”
    Although the anime had fillers it allowed the viewers and myself to get quite invested into the story line.
    I built up a rapport with the anime and I believe after watching many anime, that was one of the good ones.
    When it comes to the new stuff, 12 episodes isn’t enough to believe and become part of a story; we all want something more.
    Yes, having a second season can help but fulfill the objective and leave the viewer wanting more after.

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SuperMario
A question: Do we need to watch Mahoutsukai no Yome OVAs before watching its first episode?
SuperMario
@Amagi: they better have a second season. The way it ends now I don't even have any motivation to write a full review. I'm not really optimistic over it having a second cour because if the producers were confident about its chance, they would've greenlit it already.
Amagi
@SuperMario: Seems like the official radio confirmed PriPri might get a second season if the BD and/or game sales are good enough. - BD sales seem to be around 7k at the moment, but it looks like many only ordered them now, after the last episode, so it might be more.
KTravlos
@Aidan. Oh I did. Thank you for reminding me. I will write the review.
AidanAK47
@Travlos, Just in case you missed it, there is a reply to you earlier in the chatbox.
KTravlos
Kakeguiri also ended. In the end the anime original ending was not really an ending, but just a fan pleasing excursion. The integrity of the manga story remains. It was a good adaption, and I liked it as it brought to life the parts of the manga that make it interesting to me. Also a great Opening and Ending. Good show.
KTravlos
And to sum it up. I think this was a great series. All its episodes were good.
KTravlos
I actually am ok with the PP ending. The 12 episode series is self contained. Sure there are many future potential stories to pursue, but I felt there was enough closure to make the series a good series. This is because the next step of the narrative is really so long term as being more LOGH material than PP (the story of the ascension of Princesss to the throne, and then the story of her reforms)
Lenlo
Alright, I found the read more tag. Now my tendency to write more than I should will be contained.
AidanAK47
@Mario, Got to play catch-up but I am guessing it was very much a non ending?
SuperMario
Gosh, is that how Princess Principal end?
SuperMario
@KAiser: I really have a mixed feeling watching Assayas's films. I always find his works toe touch into pretentious area. Still have much more films from him I want to watch though so that opinion might change
SuperMario
@Kaiser: As Tears go By surprised me a little considering how straightforward it is. It's Wong's most by the book HK romance but it was one of his most commercial success. After this, the studio allowed him to do things he like and that was when he gone banana with his styles
SuperMario
not a fan. Can't even tell the difference between turtle and tortoise
Anonymous1420257
i like turtles
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Mario: I hadn't expected some of the dry/dark humour in sils Maria, I liked the themes/aging angst and its comments on hollywood in parts even if it needed to go a bit deeper. Stewart is a revelation in it. That X-men parody scene was fucking funny lol
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Mario: I actually kind of liked As tears go by. Mostly because of my experiences with hong-kong action flicks, much as I like John Woos films, the melodrama he tries to sell between the action never worked for me and left me just waiting around for the action to come round again. Wong was able to put genuine emotion into the hong-kong action film with this one.
Amagi
@Aidan: Somehow. The problem is rather Haruki anyway and it's canonically part of her character. Kei becomes more likeable IMO and the events get much more complicated and/or serious plus there are a bunch of characters getting added to the protag team which makes the whole thing more dynamic. The best comes when some other character joins around the middle though.
Anonymous1416115
Personally, I can digest the emotionless dialogue in the first place since I watch the series with the mindset that the main characters are innately "broken" in some ways.
Anonymous1416115
@Aidan Hmm...one might consider the emotion level increases in main characters' dialogues for Sakurada Reset as baby steps depending on how dramatic one expects a character to act in other animes. (The emotions increase do exist though) There are certainly emotional scenes and characters do develop in ways where one can't just say they're 100% robots.
AidanAK47
@Travlos, If you so wish then you can write a review for Bahamut virgin soul. Just let me know if you are up for it. If so I recommend writing it up on google docs, then when you have it done I can give your account contributer status and you can paste it into a post for us to look over and publish on the site. For screenshots our standard size is H240 X W138.
AidanAK47
Did they ever fix that emotionless dialgoue issue they had going on?
Anonymous1415748
You are not alone. The second half of Sakurada Reset made me so glad that I stuck with the series.
Amagi
Oh and I totally forogt Reset ended now too. Not sure if I am the only fan of that but the whole second half was one of the better things I've seen this year.
Amagi
Okay now thinking three others came into my mind, but that's still not much. A lot of series started interesting and turned out mediocre or cheap after a while.
Amagi
Considering that I love Made in Abyss, PrinPrin, Fate/Apo (so far) and 18if too guess this season was better than I've expected. 2016 was kind of a let down imo, animewise. Off the top of my head I only remember Rakugo, Fune wo Amu and Bokudake I think.
Amagi
I didn't expect to like Virgin Soul as much as I do. Especially the last ~5 episodes got me. The weird thing is that I was disappointed by S1 actually.
SuperMario
@Travlos: I don't mind if you do a guess review on Virgin Soul, but let's me check with other admins first.

On Virgin Soul, I'm not sure if I like the bew development. It suddenly does a 180 degree turn on King Charriot, which I don't feel rewarding.
KTravlos
Kakegurui will have an anime original ending. It might be better than the ongoing manga. We shall see. An enjoyable foray.

Virgin Soul is going for a nice explosive ending. If no one writes a review, I would be willing to write one.
Kaiser-Eoghan
*kind of
Kaiser-Eoghan
While its very much in the shadow of the first and the protaganist started out kind annoying, I kind of got caught up in the spectacle and sentimentality of gunbuster 2.
KTravlos
Urasawa is preparing a new manga
KTravlos
yes the episode where Julian watched the documentary was fun. The Caligula like character comes from one of the lesser episodes of the series, when Kircheis beats up some rebelling third rate noble in the Empire.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Goddammit, fail, it just changed the colour of the login name...
Kaiser-Eoghan
I declare in the red truth that the next anime I shall watch is Diebuster.
Kaiser-Eoghan
From what little I saw, I remember a Caligula like character in one episode.
Anonymous1409409
I remember there's an episode where Julian just goes on Space Netflix and just watches a documentary. I actually liked that lol
KTravlos
yup, a LOGH that run like the Altair anime would be bad. It needs to show the sweep of history
AidanAK47
@Anon, I actually liked that aspect. It made the history of the world feel real.
Anonymous1409027
It's compressible, as there are many episodes of buildup, but that's where so many of the interesting details and depth of planning become evident. Some of those episodes read like a history textbook though, so we'll see how the new adaptation handles them,
Anonymous1409027
*pleasantly
KTravlos
Tytania was ok.
Kaiser-Eoghan
On the Amakusa Shiro reference in the fate review, I've seen a film about him from the 50s , theres also an old josei manga where the protagonist ends up becoming essentially regarded as him.
KTravlos
Hi Kaiser. Supposedly this is a re-imagining of the original story. Thus independent of the OVAs (old serieis). What exactly re-imagining means is something I and you do not know. We shall see. But it does mean that you do not need to watch the old series to enjoy this one. The OVA was definetly more expansive than the novels. So my guess is they will stick to the novels.
Kaiser-Eoghan
There's another anime, called Tytania based on his novels but I haven't seen that series.
Kaiser-Eoghan
As in condensable in the way nothing much is lost? I assume there are fillers in the original?
Kaiser-Eoghan
I'm indifferent to the aesthetics of the new version. What I'm hoping for is that it will be accessible to newcomers and that I'll be able to jump on to the old series where the new one leaves off. I've seen very little of the original and it was a long time ago, is there any way the story is condensable?
KTravlos
The fact that they stayed away from the disgusting new manga is great. I am not too keen on the CGI ships, but they also did not rankle. It looks like it will honor the spirit of the old series, and I cannot ask for more. I am a massive LOGH fan. And the new video out gives me hope of revisiting one of the greatest sci-fi/historical settings out there. I am happy.
AidanAK47
I hope they are using the old anime as a base and not the new Manga adaption. As that Manga adaption is seriously lacking.
AidanAK47
@Anon, I like that they blinged up the space battles which is good because those things could get tiresome. But I really hate the design of Yang Wenli. They made him look so much younger and bishi. I don't think i could take this guy seriously if he started one of Wenli's signature hypothesis.
Anonymous1408919
Thoughts on that new LOGH PV? My expectations were low, so I'm presently surprised. Obviously they made everybody pretty boys, and Mamoro Miyano is voicing Reinhard I believe. But art and animation actually looks pretty decent overall. It's a PV, and LOGH's best quality is it's story and characters, so we'll have to see if they remain faithful or not. But it's nice to see it get a visual overhaul.
AidanAK47
By the way this site has the first chapters but check the other versions to find them.
http://mangapark.me/manga/tsurezure-children-wakabayashi-toshiya
AidanAK47
@Mario, Indeed. It's also a pity that over half the couples in the manga were not featured. We only got a small taste of Patricia.
SuperMario
Or maybe I'll try to read the manga. The last time I checked it online, the site doesn't have its first few chapters
SuperMario
@Aidan: man, Tsurezure Children sure is sweet. Really sad to see it ends
AidanAK47
So that's the end of Tsurezure Children.
....I'm gonna need a second season. Now.
....NOW GODDAMNIT! NOW!
KTravlos
As I said I understand the criticisms to RE:Creator, but ultimately I enjoyed most of the show. It could had been better, and it is a missed chance. But I have seen worse.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I gave up halfway through, there weren't even enough action scenes and those that were didn't justify waiting around for.
AidanAK47
Could have at least delivered on the action but that was rendered pointless due to the majority of the cast turning good and Altair being a complete cheat character.
AidanAK47
It would have been really fun to see characters discuss their stories with their creators or indulge in what our world has to offer but they really glossed over that part.
AidanAK47
It really should have gone deeper into the whole meta aspect introducing anime characters to the real world. Like they did with Mamika's powers being ridiculously destructive when outside a kid friendly setting.
AidanAK47
@Puran, I at least like the message of the final episode. But as for the show itself it was just missed potential on a lot of levels. I wanted Anime Genre battle royale and instead got a secondhand Shirobako with a crap shounen anime attached.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I have been forgiving of Anno as I've gotten older.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I also just re-watched gunbuster, I'd previously dismissed the ova after a few episodes when I was a teenager, I'd found it too slow, didn't have that issue with the 90 minute version I just finished. I've never see the sequels.
Lenlo
Ill have to finish Creators... at some point
Kaiser-Eoghan
I've been dipping back into the Lupin franchise, Gold of babylon was particularly screwball, kind of ridiculous comedy caper/adventure thing you just have to run with....turns out it was directed by a live action filmaker I especially like who made bizzare noir films in the 60s.
Puran
So that explains why Meteora had so much air time in Re:Creators. It's her story....

I hated the ending and I disliked the anime overall.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Mario: It was a genuine surprise to see that Assayas decided to make a film framed around hentai =P
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Mario: I loved how incoherent demonlover was.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Mario: The criticisms I'll give wind river, is a slight inconsistent performance from Renner and that very awkwardly inserted flashback scene.
SuperMario
@Kaiser: on Wind River, I agree it's a well-executed case of the week drama, although there are some plot pregressions that I don't get (how did they find out about the man's corspe again?). About Demonlover, man, the film gives me a chill down my spine. Heartless. And a bit misogynist.
SuperMario
@Kaiser: as much as I loved Wong (yeah I too prefer him over Malick), sometimes I do think Western cinema give him too much praise that sadly overshadow other Asian directors.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Mario: Wong is important to me as a hong-kong filmaker, he offers something entirely different from the whole Woo/Lam Hong komg movies.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Mario: On a more positive note Maggie Cheung did mention that she felt her early work with Wong was when she first truly became a proper actress.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Mario: ....I had no idea he had such a sad background.
Kaiser-Eoghan
*investigation drama
SuperMario
@Kaiser: that film also marked/ signified a rather sad period of Hongkong showbiz. Leslie Cheung badically lived the live of the protagonist and commited suicide in 1997. His girlfriend on screen, during the filming, was kidnaped, raped and taken topless picture. The damnest thing is that everyone knowed the culprit but did nothing, and in the press it was just deemed as "kipnapped and assaulted"
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Mario: Wind river was a big surprise for me, just goes to show that with the right execution an ordinary police drama movie can be elevated higher.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Mario: Thats the interesting thing, tracking a directors career.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Just binge watched the new dominion tank police ovas , admittedly these are kind of reptitive and extremely silly but its hard to hate on something so shamelessly fun that made me feel like a child again.
SuperMario
@Kaiser: you said it there. DoBW is rather raw and unpolished but that's one of the reason why I am drawn to it more compare to his other works.
AidanAK47
In all honesty, it would be nice to finally see a continuation after fusion as all games after that have just been adding chapters in-between.
Vonter
Finally I wonder, if Metroid Prime 4 will definitely branch out of the main Metroid's continuity. It's curious how an interquel subseries is still going to add things in between the first and the second entries in the main franchise.
Vonter
AidanAK47 - I think is nice we can see both takes. Especially since neither one despite a few qualms are still very solid entries for this franchise. I just hope Metroid moves forward, as IMO this is the only game that really needed a facelift do to the heavy limitations of the gameboy. And I hope the secret gallery at the end is teasing how the producer plans to move the plot forward.
AidanAK47
I thought it might be like that but it's good to know they are at least on a close level. I didn't really want Samus Returns to replace AM2R as the "Definitive" version of Metroid 2. Mostly because a lot of love was put into AM2R andit came at a point when it felt Nintendo didn't give a crap about Metroid.
Vonter
Like Zero Mission there's something added to Samus Returns but I'll just leave it at that.
Vonter
I think both have strong points. Samus Returns have better boss battles, gameplay mechanics and more intense action pieces. AM2R IMO has more atmosphere, takes advantage of elements Nintendo don't even try like the Federation subplot, and the ending portion narratively has more heart in AM2R, while in Samus Returns it feels mostly like "the final level".
Vonter
I also did got lost a couple of times in Samus Returns and aside from the big water section in AM2R, the latter is more linear game.
Vonter
I think the controls in Samus Returns bring more to the table though. The 360 aiming makes for better ways to shoot enemies and some of the bosses take advantage of that. If it weren't for the 3DS giving hand cramps because you're holding L and R at several points it'll be completely the most ideal way to play.
Vonter
AidanAK47 - AM2R is very good, I think it has the advantage that because it uses sprites IMO backgrounds and enemies are more vibrant and easier to appreciate. The Federation soldiers are better executed in AM2R and that secret section with the ship is very eery.
AidanAK47
@Vonter, How does it stack up to AM2R? I bought it and am still waiting on it to be delivered but I have the feeling that AM2R would be the better game when comparing.
Vonter
I took me 12 hours to 100% and I've heard the best ending is beating it in less than 4 hours. I think unlike Zero Mission item percentage don't matter, it's mainly to unlock an art gallery.
Vonter
My main criticism is this being a 3DS game. Small enemies can be hard to see or appreciate. And I think the 3DS wasn't made for heavy action packed games like this or Smash Bros. I got the rubber from the circle pad come off in two occasions. Also unless there was something big in the background, several areas felt lacking in detail. Still Samus and the bosses look good.
Vonter
In terms of difficulty, the game has the enemies packing more damage than in other 2D Metroids. Is difficult in the sense than you can't tank damage as in other iterations, you have to be aware of enemy behavior and bosses mainly get easier do to familiarizing with their patterns, since I did die a lot each time I faced a new boss. And got used to kill them faster as I went along.
Vonter
Ok, so I beat Samus Returns. It's quite good. Unlike Fusion that had dialogue at midst the gameplay. Samus Returns only has a prologue of exposition and any cutscenes mainly accentuate the reactions of Samus confronting a new enemy. The level design is dense, despite having isolated areas like in Fusion and the original Samus Returns, each area is very mazelike.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Mario: =< Awww I kind of like demonlover actually despite all its flaws, it had great sound design and had this cold, clinical, un-nerving mood to it.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Mario: Days of being wild does feel a bit un-realized/un-polished/rough compared to his other work definitely but its probably the rawest I've seen from him and that has its appeal.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Mario: Haven't seen farewell my concubine come to think of it. Regarding the scifi element I felt I embraced it more further into the film when it started to intermingle more.
While I am more forgiving toward Malick's recent films than most, that decline in quality means I have to pick Wong.
KTravlos
by the way in RE:Creators we probably will be getting a future series focusing on the hunt for Magane :p Meteora probably playing the role of detective. I also bet her novel will be wordy and heavy in exposition :p
KTravlos
i.e his end game might had been a cross-species revolution against him anyway. We will see
KTravlos
In Bahamut Chris proves to not be totally evil, but he is totally crazy. That said I am seeing one of my hunches getting supported, the hunch was that his cruelty towards daemons was with the purpose of bringing them down enough that they would be willing to work with humans as euals (As they are in Jean's army) and thus via that create a more unified world. I
KTravlos
RE: Creators has come to its end. I know the problems everyone has with it, and while it failed to raise to the level of exceptional show, I loved it. As I said, it had been years since a show kept me so excited episode after episode. They blew it at some point, but ultimately for me this is an en-joyful show, and one I would happily binge watch in the future again.
SuperMario
@Kaiser: question for you though, between these two directors, which one do you prefer: Wong Kar-Wai or Terrance Malick?
SuperMario
@Kaiser: if you enjoyed both 2046 and In the Mood for Love, by all mean check out Days of Being Wild. The trio forms a loose trilogy and Days of Being Wild was the first film that Wong began his unique unconventional style. It's one of my personal favorite of Wong and it's a chance for you to watch the late Leslie Cheung acted (you might watch him already in Farewell My Concubine)
SuperMario
@Kaiser: 2046 is indeed a passionate film, and one of his best looking film. He tried something different in 2046 too, experimented with scifi (one of the best part in the film for me)
SuperMario
@Kaiser: it's stritcly Wong Kar Wai's romance we're talking about, since I don't find the rest of Chinese take on romance that interesting. Romance or melodrama is one of his main theme throughout his career
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Mario: It was slightly overly long however.
I've also seen chungking express, in the mood for love and fallen angels. I think this Chinese take on romance is really clicking with me.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Mario: I also thought it was a very passionette film and I love how Kar-wong-wai uses the music in it. I also think its one of his best looking films.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Mario: I had a look at that Chinese film 2046, very effectively melancholic take on fleeting relationships while also successfully being quite sensual while staying classy and without ever showing too much. Tony Leung and Maggie Cheung are two beautiful people =P
SuperMario
for those who still want to catch up with 18if, episode 11 has a huge recap, while wrapping up the show with a new overarching plot. Hopefully they don't pull another Matrix here
SuperWooper
It's shounen-y for sure. The competitions have been my least favorite parts of the show so far. If you're still watching, you might appreciate it more once the Tenpei Cup is over.
Anonymous1399692
Damn Ballroom looks so good. But I really can't enjoy it despite that I want to. It has too many of these typical shounen moments and plot points I can't stand.
Anonymous1399684
Omae wa mou shindeiru
Lenlo
Mononoke is actually what made me find Ayakashi. Also a good show.
SuperMario
Regarding Ayakashi, I only watched the Mononoke segment
SuperMario
"It was a long, long trip, and we're coming finally to the end of the journey. Thank you, Manoyama and Chupacabra. And thank you, 5 EURO" - Sandal-san.
Lenlo
Ayakashi was great for me Kaiser. I enjoyed my time with it
Vonter212
@AidanAK47 - The hard aspect has been commented in several reviews with bosses being able to easily kill you. (Although in my experience it might be just getting a pattern). In terms of length most 2D games can be beaten under 3 hours. This one seems to clock at at least 6 to 15 if you want to collect everything. Then again, we'll see in subsequent playthroughs.
AidanAK47
`@Vonter. It's out now but I don't remember seeing anyone claim it's the longest hardest entry 2D wise.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Going to watch new dominion tank police next and read violence action and Oddman 11.
Kaiser-Eoghan
It took me years to get round to it, but I finally watched Ayakashi and as expected like most anthologies, again its mixed, the first is a solid ghost story that improves after a weak start, but that third one with the cat spirit was great, really liked how experimental that looked.
Vonter
Soo a new Metroid comes out this week. It is said, it's the longest, hardest entry in regards to the 2D iterations. Still not as great as Super, and depending on your fanaticism it might or not be as good as Zero Mission.
SuperMario
But they didn't pull that scene off too well. It's just... unmemorable. In fact the whole show is very unremarkable. Now only 1 episode left I might as well finish it but I won't give it a full review
SuperMario
Koi to Uso has been disappointing so far. Episode 10 featured the sequence that i was looking forward the most in the manga: the former classmate tells the one sided crush of the main girl from her POV. For a romance that contrived and manipulated like this one, hearing this from the third person's perspective prove to be more powerful
Vonter
@HelghastKillzone - Good luck with that. I almost had my car's engine damaged since it has been raining heavily where I live. Had to ask for help the next day to pull it out of mud. Still not as bad as the other three cars that did get stuck in the water.
HelghastKillzone
Dealing with work and the total loss of my car really sucks at the moment so I'm quite tied up for this week.
KTravlos
I do agree to a point, but to be frank all the episodes of Princess Principal to date have been so solid I have a hard time deciding. Episode 5 though was still the best from a holistic point (action, direction, music etc) was the one introducing Chise
SuperMario
Agree. Dorothy has the biggest heart out of all the spy girls. Also "help" that her episodes are all melodramatic.
Amagi
This episode of PrinPrin showed again that Dorothy is the best character by far. Not just herself but her episodes as well are better written than the rest if you ask me.
KTravlos
It just hit me. The characters in Princess Principal may be very well working for IngSoc :p
AidanAK47
@Kaiser, in the seven chapters it's only really two of them that contain dark shocking content. Chapter three being the biggest one in that regard.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Aidan: I read a comment where someone said subahibi shocked them more than saya no uta. While I haven't played it yet, I have seen some of a letsplay...it lleft me thinking....how many hours until this actually gets good/truly unhinged .
AidanAK47
After Reading SubaHibi, Made in Abyss's dark turn didn't shock me too much. Maybe I just got desensitised. I will have a review of SubaHibi hopefully up in a week though to clarify my feelings on it after just finishing it, It was interesting but disappointing.
KTravlos
well, well. Both Made in the Abyss and Virgin Soul do not hold back. Grim! RE:Creators is warping up. Comparing with these other shows I can fully appreciate the problems people have with it. But still I am glad I am sticking to the end. Altair's voice actor by the way did great.
AidanAK47
@Helghast, And Kings Field was the Demon Souls before Demon Souls came out.
KTravlos
having binge watched several of this season's shows I would say Princess Principal is the most rounded. Made in Abyss is good. Kakegurui and The Reflection as SuperMario said will depend on your tastes. There is also Shouko no Altair. You will like it if you liked Tanya Saga of Evil, or Legend of Galactic Heroes, or Arslan Senki or manga like Vinland Saga, Gunka no Baltzar, and especially Historie
Anonymous1385641
Jesus...me watching this weeks Made in Abyss https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ogzsWhZcmM
HelghastKillzone
So... Demon Souls was the Dark Souls before Dark Souls came out.
SuperMario
@anon1385426: the safest bets aside from Made in Abyss are Welcome to the Ballroom and Princess Principal. Kakegurui and the Refection are for more acqurired taste
Anonymous1385426
Aside from Made in Abyss, what's the best anime this season?
Lenlo
@KT, the pacing and the framerate early on are my two biggest issues. Later on the story starts to get abit more engaging, and they start doin things I didnt expect, but the pacing is still there. Some akward pauses.
Lenlo
Look, Berserk and Dark Souls are both amazing. But I only have 3 Dark Souls games, and 38 Berserk volumes. Im clearly biased
KTravlos
I sat down and watched the first 4 episodes of The Reflection. It is an interesting attempt, and I can see the people making it having fun doing so. But I did notice a pacing issue. For some reason the episodes felt like they dragged a bit too long.
AidanAK47
Dark Souls is the Berserk of Video Games.
Amagi
Dark Souls really went all Berserk if you ask me
AidanAK47
I am not one for putting down law but can we never ever compare anything to Dark Souls ever again? Cause it's actually become really tiresome how everything is the dark souls of something.
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